Banisteriopsis Caapi : VINE OF THE SOUL
AKA: B. caapi, ayahuasca, aya, yaje, boa vine, vine of the soul, vine of the dead, ayahuasca vine
What is B Cappi?
Banisteriopsis caapi is the main ingredient in ayahuasca brew. Brews always contain b. caapi aka the ayahuasca vine with a combination of other ingredients; commonly including chacruna (Psychotria viridis), chaliponga (Diplopterys cabrerana), and datura (toe). It contains harmine, harmaline, and tetrahydroharmine, all of which are both beta-carboline harmala alkaloids and MAOIs. The MAOI’s found in Banisteriopsis caapi are what make the DMT found in Chacruna (Psychotria virdis) to become orally active in the brew and allow its effects to be felt for hours, rather than just the few minutes that smoking DMT produces.
B. Caapi is a vine that grows up adjacent tress to reach sunlight. It has white and pink flowers, however they rarely bloom in the tropics. The fruits of the ayahuasca vine are 3-winged and maple-like that appear between March and August.
The vine grows in a twisted double helix pattern and can grow quite thick. It grows best in rich moist soil. When the vine is cut, the cross sections reveal what resembles a flower or brain in its bark. Jewelry is often made of cross cuts from young banisteriopsis caapi vines.
Banisteriopsis caapi can be made into a brew alone, which is said to produce calming effects, but it is most commonly used with a combination of other ingredient to activate its vision producing effects. It has been used traditionally by the people of the Amazonian area for healing and spiritual contentedness for at least centuries; artifacts have been discovered that suggest its use as a component of stuff up to 4,000 years ago.
Ayahuasca use is the primary means of diagnosing and treating malaise in communities of indigenous regions of central and south America. It is used for direct communication with the spirit realm, and gives leaders of villages/communities guidance and directly impacts the cultures of these societies.The architecture, drawings, masks, jewelry, weapons and pottery are all adorned in fashions influenced by experiences with ayahuasca. Even songs and dance are based on visions from ayahuasca use.